Tom R

Tom R

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Tom's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Tom's Bio

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Another good meal from Mountain House. It's a good idea to cook it a little longer than the suggestion, because every time I've stuck with the suggested time my noodles come out a little north of soft.

Personally, I prefer some of their other meals over this one but this is a great option to keep you from running on empty.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally picked this up after suffering many a freezing night in low-quality inexpensive bags and eyeing my dad's Western Mountaineering bag with envy every morning.

My dad has had this bag for 15 years and it still looks like the day he bought it. As a testament to their timelessness, when I got mine and laid it next to his they were exactly the same, just a different color on the back. The down quality, stitching and fill are all the same, and rightfully so. They make a great bag and haven't lowered the quality of their materials over time like many of their competitors.

Keep it up, Western Mountaineering. You're a great American company.

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Tom R wrote a review of on October 30, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's hard to go wrong with a stylish knit of heavy duty wool. The inside is lined with fleece so you're not itching all day, and it's sure to keep you warm all night.

I have a pretty big head and the fit was fine. Looks great on men and women.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been super happy with these shoes. I've tried out a few pairs of minimalist shoes, and they all seem to give me blisters after six miles except these. These fit my feet really well.The band across the front is great, and helps the shoe stay put. I like it, and I hope New Balance keeps that around in future models.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this for the past six months and I love it. It's vacuum insulated, so the cold stuff stays cold forever. Like they mentioned before though, the insulation takes up some of the room, so you end up with not a lot of space for your beverage. 16oz is plenty for me though. You heavy drinkers might want to consider sizing up...

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had been using an older CamelBak bladder forever, since I prefer it over other bladders. I got some new Antiodote bladders to put in some new backpacks, and I love them!

The divider is awesome. It prevents it from sitting awkwardly in your pack like a balloon, and makes it easier to handle.

The Quick-snap cap that tightens with just a quarter turn is great, and saves my thumb from the pain of trying to screw caps on.

Bottom line: Awesome product. You will definitely be happy with it.

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Tom R wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a great backpack for ultralight hiking or trail running. It's got just enough room for a light jacket and some small accessories when the bladder is completely full.

Some of the material on this feels weak, but that's primarily because they're trying to shave weight. The straps are a little flimsy and the waist strap isn't meant to support a lot of weight for a long time, but it's great for minimalist use.

Bottom line: You can't beat CamelBak. They make a great hydration pack. This is one of them.

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Tom R wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're way into shaving weight and ultralight biking. This is not the lock for you. It's hefty, and would make a great weapon against potential bike thieves as mentioned above.

That said, it does a great job of protecting bikes! It's inexpensive, portable, and easy to take on or off.

If price is more of an issue to you than weight, then get it!

Update: After several months of use, I have to say I really like this lock. It's still heavy as can be, but definitely makes me feel secure.

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Tom R wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

4 5

You'll love these shorts. The four-way stretch polyester makes them supremely comfortable and lets you move freely when you're throwing a tantrum. Admit it, you'd hate to have stiff shorts hindering your steeze, especially when you're throwing it behind a boat full of lovely ladies in bikinis.

Gotta love the white color scheme. It will leave that boat full of ladies swooning, and leave them looking longingly in your direction when you tell them that you're moving away for the summer to work at a wakeboard camp. It's okay though, you'll be back in time to take them all out at the end of the summer.

Who knows, maybe you could even have a special one-on-one wakeboard lesson with them...

P.S. I ended up returning them because they were a little to short. I prefer a 22 inch inseam, just because I have to keep my magical thighs under wraps.

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